Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library

Supporting Our Library

Won't you help our Library community in Encino and Tarzana?

A library helps sustain a community and a civilization. Our Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library provides more sustenance through donations, beyond what the City Budget can provide.

You may contribute in five ways (click for details):
    -- By joining our Friends of the Library,
    -- By making a tax-deductible contribution,
    -- By buying used books/media in our Book Store, and at our book sales, or donating your gently-used books/media for us to sell,
    -- By using AmazonSmile to make your Amazon purchases which will generate a donation to the Friends, and/or
    -- By volunteering your time.

We convert your contributions into donations of useful items that our Library needs. We welcome all donations -- whether or not you are a member.

Here's what we've been able to donate to the Library - thanks to your contributions:

2022: Covid restrictions continue with the library partially reopened.

2021: Covid. We continued to support a truncated HOTP, a weekly Zoom Yoga class and Zoom Dreamshapers Children's programs. Supplies for remote Teen programs were provided. Upgrading the Children's area was almost finished. We hope to resume normal support activities.... soon.

2020: We begin the year continuing to support HOTP, a weekly Yoga class and supplies for various teen and children's programs including Teen Council. The Covid-19 Crisis interrupted programming, but yoga and some children's programming such as Dreamshapers continued on-line. Supplies for virtual Teen programs were provided. As the Library closed in mid-March the Book Store closed and there have been no further BIG Book Sales. Plans for Upgrading the Children's area progressed

2019: We begin the year continuing to support HOTP, a weekly Yoga class and supplies for various teen and children's programs including Teen Council. Programs for children and teens were provided. Adult programs included a Women's History Month film: The Richmond Rosies, craft programs with Monica, and a documentary film series for adults/seniors. Page Turner's Book Club was revived and Delve Into History met a few times. We sponsored children's Magic shows for SRC and Story Time with Rebecca of DreamCatchers, and a Dia de los Muertos craft program for teens. New book spinner display cases were added and Book Store shelving was improved. Over 5500 hours were volunteered.

2018: The Friends of the Library has provided support for many programs for adults, teens and children. These include A Valentine concert, "Black Comedies," and Temple Dancers of India. The Friends also provide the various Summer Reading Clubs with Puppet and Magic shows, Galaxy Glitter Jars, Animation, Map Keychains, Cupcake wars, Blacklight painting, LGBTQIA Rocks, Volcanos, Classical music for children, Bad Art, and Zoonation Dream. We sponsored Halloween and December Holiday programs for children. On-going adult programs include Yoga and Coloring for Adults as well as two League of Women Voters presentations on Ballot measures. The friends provide half of the HOTP books and general supplies, books and media, as requested. We said goodbye to Leslie Chudnoff, retiring senior librarian, with a party for staff, volunteers, and local librarians and had a Staff Appreciation luncheon. Friends volunteered about 6190 hours this year.

2017: The Friends continued to sponsor many programs this year including Yoga, Coloring for Adults, a special LGBTQ Heritage Month film, Hot-Off-The-Press books, and support for our Book Clubs. Special programs included Theramin Music and a Bookbinding Workshop; childrens' magic and music programs; and for teens: Calligraphy, Henna, a Martial Arts presentation, an Anime program, Aztec Stories, and temporary tattoos. New tables were provided for the meeting room. The Friends donated a large sum to provide additional books for adults, teens, children and special language collections as well as needed library supplies. The Friends supported the LAPL Book Bike program, Summer Reading Club programs, honored the library staff with a special luncheon, and provided holiday performances for children and adults.

2016: This year the Friends have continued to provide general library materials such as CD cases, bookends, power strips, and meeting room tables as well as additions to the book collection - especially YA books - and the DVD collection, and the Persian movie program. Hot-Off-The-Press funding continues along with funding for adult, teen and children's program supplies. Friends funded adult programs such as Feel Good Yoga with Nicole, a voter information program, an Arnie Weiss presentation, Coloring for Adults, and an Asian Pacific Heritage program; Teen and children's programs included an Anime program and Dreamcatchers among many others. Summer Reading Club programs for adults, teens and children were provided, ending with a special concert for all.

2015: The Friends have continued to fund Hot-Off-The-Press, purchases of books - including special collections, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks. Friends sponsored programs for adults, teens and children including yoga, print-making, a magic show, a Native American program, and a puppet show. Refreshements, prizes, arts and crafts supplies, and general library tools and supplies have been provided. Summer Reading Club programs for children and Teens were provided.

2014: The Friends donations to our Branch Library for new items included funds for Books, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, and Hot-Off-The-Press (25 new books published monthly). Also programming, refreshments, prizes, arts and crafts supplies, office supplies and furnishings such as shelving stools were provided. This year, 'Feel Good Yoga with Nicole' joined the many other programs sponsored by the Friends for adults, children and teens, including magic shows, reptile programs, and YA craft programs. All are extras NOT covered by the Budget of the Los Angeles Public Library.


2013: Unique for this year were two Friends' gifts to the Library: An Epson Powerlite Pro LCD Projector, including installation - for showing movies in the Meeting Room. We also bought 9 new lounge chairs for the reading areas to replace aging and worn chairs.
     Friends co-sponsored the Tenth Anniversary of our Rebuilt Library on April 20, 2013. Photos from past years now adorn the Meeting Room wall. Click here for event photos.
     AND - AS ALWAYS, Friends did the following throughout 2013:
    -- donated funds to purchase books, CDs, DVDs, AudioBooks, and continued to support the Hot-Off-The-Press program of 24 newly-published books monthly.
     -- provided funds for Library supplemental items, including books and audiovisual materials, programs, refreshments, supplies, and prizes - none of which were covered by the City Library Budget.
     -- co-sponsored additional programs for adults, teens, and children including some of the Library's well-attented Summer Reading Clubs.
        (Actual donation amounts are available to Friends members upon request.)

2012:  Donations to Library: Friends were able to continue to donate thousands of dollars to the Library for new items: Books, DVDs, Audiobooks, and Hot-Off-The-Press (25 newly published books monthly). The Library has three new tables in its Meeting Room too – thanks to the Friends.
     Programs: Friends sponsored or co-sponsored programs including Melissa Potter (Principal, Volunteer Services for LA Public Library), League of Women Voters, and two Book Clubs. Friends paid for movie license and rental fees for the monthly Persian movie screenings. Friends were also involved with teen and children programs not covered by the Library budget. Friends donated refreshments/supplies for Teen programs, i.e.: Arts and Crafts Programs -- Native American Dream, Collage Art, Mexican Tin Art, Bookmaking; Teen Reading Club - cake decorating, Aztec Stories, T-Shirt Design, Movie Night, Body Art, Comic-book style art, End of Summer Club Party, Holiday Card Making, concerts; and monthly Teen Council Meetings. Children's Summer Reading programs included: Cowboy Show, Songs and Stories, Pet Safety, Inca Music, and Bubblemania.

2011: During the year, as always, the Friends gave many thousands of dollars for books and media, including new Farsi language books. We also continued our subscription to Hot-Off-The-Press books for the latest and best publications.
     New for 2011: Movie Nights! The Friends paid the fee for the Library to participate in the West Valley Area group movie license to show movies here at our branch, using our own TV screen and movie DVDs. Some movies shown were: Tangled; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I; What is the Electric Car? and Persian movies. Also, we co-sponsored two programs for adults on senior fraud scams and the elections. And, we co-sponsored more than 20 programs for teens and children, providing presenters and/or refreshments, art supplies, not covered by the Library Budget. Program examples are calligraphy, musical instruments, poetry, stories and songs, chef demo, volcanoes, puppets, art projects, Cinco de Mayo, summer reading, teen meetings, and more.
     We bought AudioBook cases for circulation, and other supplies. We replaced one circulation desk chair and 5 meeting room chairs too.
     Then, we solicited others to contribute - and the Library and Friends do appreciate their generosity: Encino Neighborhood Council - $2000 for books. Monarch Village with their Cookout For Books - lunch and 240 used books donated. VIP*S Family Restaurant - lunches for Saturday Book Sale workers. Trader Joe's Encino - bottled water for Book Sale volunteers.

Won't you participate a little more? Please complete the donation form and mail your tax-deductible contribution to benefit the Library and our Encino and Tarzana communities.


Questions? Please feel free to contact our President at:  president@etfol.org

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